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Electrical Benefit Funds Lack Union-Backed Trustees, Suit Says

Sept. 14, 2021, 7:45 PM

An electrical contracting industry worker filed a proposed class action in federal court on Long Island against his union, an employer association, and various benefit funds, claiming the funds use an illegal structure with only management-side trustees.

The welfare, annuity, pension, and apprenticeship funds covering members of the United Service Workers Union, IUJAT, Local 363 are run entirely by employer-side trustees appointed by the Building Industry Electrical Contractors Association, Martin Cudjoe said Monday in a new complaint.

This illegal fund structure is a “total dereliction by Local 363 of its duty to fairly represent its members,” and it has allowed ...

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